Southwest Missouri State University, Meyer Library & Campus Information Center

Springfield, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Cannon Design

  • CLIENT

    Southwest Missouri State University

  • AREA

    235,720 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $30,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    5/2002

Historically the cornerstone of the campus, the library represents a significant investment in bricks and mortar, the collections housed, and now, electronic systems for storing and delivering knowledge.

The renovation and expansion of SMSU’s Meyer Library retrofits the existing structure to retain traditional collections. Advanced information-delivery systems are ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPerry Dean Rogers PartnersCOST PER SQ FT$126.58FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio in the adjoining Campus Information Center.

The Campus Information Center is laid out as a grid of intelligent cores with open floor space between them, providing expansion options without affecting the design. Where new construction joins the original library, a transition between floor levels in the old and new buildings accommodates an entry at the circulation spine along which key program elements are situated.

The new construction is concrete and glass infill. A palette of simple, elegant, durable materials creates an environment that expresses the forward-looking nature of learning technology while acknowledging the human nature and scale of the users. A 140-foot-tall Carillon Tower visually anchors this quadrant of campus.